Executive Director

Katherine (Kitty) Smith Evans is Executive Director of the Council of Professional Associations on Federal Statistics, an organization that advocates on behalf of researchers and other professionals for a strong statistical system and ready access to federal data. She was formerly Administrator of the USDA’s Economic Research Service (ERS), one of the 13 principal statistical agencies of the U.S.  Previously, she held other leadership positions and conducted research at ERS. As a researcher and research manager, Kitty's principal areas of expertise have been policy analysis, particularly agricultural and resource policies, and the empirical relationships among agricultural production and environmental quality. Her work is published in several books and a range of scholarly journals, USDA reports, and numerous popular outlets. She is a Fellow of the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association and, while with ERS, received the Presidential Rank Award for Meritorious Executives.

Kitty also has experience with several non-governmental organizations. She was Vice President of American Farmland Trust (2011-2012), Policy Studies Program Director for the Henry A. Wallace Institute for Alternative Agriculture (1993-1996), and Senior Fellow with the National Center for Food and Agricultural Policy at Resources for the Future (1989-1991).

Kitty earned her Ph.D. degree in Agricultural and Resource Economics from the University of Maryland, where she previously received a B.S. with emphasis on the biological sciences.


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